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New Zealand couple stops in Los Altos on cross-country road trip

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Fred Smits, right, discusses mechanical details of the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S he and his wife Elisabeth drove across the United States.

Having driven 28,000 miles around the United States the past 12 months in their 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S towing a modern camping trailer, Fred and Elisabeth Smits stopped by the Saturday morning car gathering outside Main Street Cafe & Books July 18 to share their experiences and do a little show-and-tell.

It's key to live by the code

Last week I had a customer schedule his car for a routine oil change and tire rotation service. This customer lives in Mountain View, rides his bike to work most of the time and rarely drives the car on the freeway.

Some DMVs open on Saturdays – by appointment

Q: I heard that select DMV offices are now open on Saturdays. Which offices are open and which types of transactions will be handled?

A: Since January, the DMV began offering 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday hours at 60 select offices statewide to process only driver license transactions for individuals who have scheduled an appointment.

While competent & safe, MKC still can't catch European competitors

courtesy of Ford
The 2015 Lincoln MKC doesn’t overwhelm as far as overall performance goes, but it does offer comfortable ride quality.

Of all the auto companies with headquarters in the United States, only Ford managed to weather the great recession without seeking outside aid.

DMV warns residents of phone scam seeking personal info

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is warning residents of a recent phone scam that involves callers attempting to steal personal information by pretending to be DMV employees offering to reschedule appointments.

The callers ask for Social Security numbers, birthdates, home addresses and driver license numbers. The DMV reminds customers to never give their personal information to anyone who contacts them by phone or email claiming to be a DMV employee.

Navigator offers ample space, power

courtesy of Ford
The 2015 Lincoln Navigator has plenty of towing power.

We understand that some people are willing to take the helm of an extra-large prairie schooner like the 2015 Lincoln Navigator 4x4, despite underwhelming fuel efficiency and challenging size.

While some consumers probably choose these high-profile behemoths for sheer status, we acknowledge that there are families in our area who actually need a Navigator or similarly sized SUV.

Solving the mystery of the starter that won't start

One of my longtime customers recently dropped off his BMW X3 after-hours, with a note that read: “Car will not start.”

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